THE THEODORE ROOSEVELT INAUGURAL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site (TR Inaugural Site) is a local and national landmark and an historic house museum where Theodore Roosevelt took the presidential
oath of office in 1901 following the assassination of President William McKinley at the Pan-American exhibition.
The house originally served as a residence for officers of an
army barracks in the late 1830s. It was transformed into a
dignified home for some of Buffalo’s most prominent citizens during the 19th and early 20th centuries, was again reinvented in the 1930s as a restaurant, and faced the wrecker’s ball
in the 1960s before the citizens of Buffalo rallied together and saved the house.
The TR Inaugural Site, formerly known locally as the Wilcox Mansion, is Western New York’s only National Park Service facility and one of only four locations outside the nation’s capital where a U.S. president was sworn into office.